Jordan Cownie had the only goal the Flames would need, and Kevin Lindskoug stopped all 35 shots that came his way during a 2-0 win over the visiting Coventry Blaze.
Flames skated through the 1st period with a 2-1 powerplay advantage and a decisive territorial margin with a 17-6 shot count at the time, but when the buzzer sounded both sides remained scoreless.
A little over 2 minutes after re-start, the powerplay unit did get one on the board when Cownie was on target for a slim difference that held up through 40 minutes.
A little over 5 minutes into the 3rd, Flames successfully navigated an extended penalty kill when Kyle Locke was handed 5 minutes and a game misconduct for a check to the head, but the clubs headed to the bulk of the final 10-minute stretch still on the 1-0 count. With more than 2 minutes to close, Blaze pulled their netminder and added an extra skater to pile on the pressure which they did for the bulk of the time until Robert Lachowicz poked a puck through to open space then followed up to close it out with an empty net goal with 10 seconds to play.
“That game certainly had its worries when we were so dominant in the first period but still came away with nothing before they turned it around and made it a much more even game the rest of the way,” said Paul Dixon.
“When goals are in short supply you can start to wonder if you missed your best chance to install a bit of a cushion.”
“Then we went short for 5 minutes in the 3rd still with only a goal to show for us, and on top of that, until we can find someone to complete our roster, we start games a man short on the blueline so losing a guy in game puts us down to 4 and that is a tough ask.”
“With all that to compete with we managed to get through and still come out with a win, so all credit to everyone from Kevin outwards for pulling together and making it a successful night.”